Category: language

A low dose of alcohol improves your ability to speak in a…

A low dose of alcohol improves your ability to speak in a foreign language that you recently learned.

English is “the universal language of the skies”….

English is “the universal language of the skies”. All pilots must learn and use English, regardless of their country of origin.

If you pretend to understand your baby, they can start talking…

If you pretend to understand your baby, they can start talking sooner. Studies show infants whose parents respond to them in conversational patterns have better language skills and more vocalization during their toddler years- because if they understand early on that speech can elicit a reaction, they’re more likely to use words to get what they want.

Harold Williams, a 20th Century Linguist and Journalist spoke 58…

Harold Williams, a 20th Century Linguist and Journalist spoke 58 languages and learnt Serbian in two days. He amazed delegates at the League of Nations by speaking to each in their own language.

The common English-speaker has roughly 50,000 words within their…

The common English-speaker has roughly 50,000 words within their mind and generally finds the correct one in approximately 600 milliseconds.

Duolingo is a game-like app and website that teaches you foreign…

Duolingo is a game-like app and website that teaches you foreign languages. It’s free and has no ads because some users who want to practice their skills are actually generating revenue by translating articles for clients like CNN and Buzzfeed.

Drinking alcohol does improve your ability to speak a foreign…

Drinking alcohol does improve your ability to speak a foreign language.

A Swiss couple in the Maldives paid £820 to have their wedding…

A Swiss couple in the Maldives paid £820 to have their wedding vows renewed in the native Dhivehi language. When the wedding video was posted to YouTube, the subtitles revealed that the minister had actually been insulting them, calling them “infidels” and their children “bastard swine”.